SITHKOP004 - Develop menus for special dietary requirements

    Unit code: SITHKOP004 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Nicholson


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop menus and meal plans for people who have special dietary needs for health, lifestyle and cultural reasons. It requires the ability to identify the dietary requirements of customers, develop special menus and meal plans to meet those requirements, cost menus and to monitor and evaluate the success of menu performance.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.

    Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:

    • develop and cost at least six menus or meal plans that individually or in combination meet at least six different special dietary requirements as specified in the knowledge evidence;
    • two of the above menus or meal plans must reflect one or more cultural or religious dietary requirements as specified in the knowledge evidence;
    • two of the above menus or meal plans must address the special dietary requirements of different customer groups as specified in the knowledge evidence;
    • evaluate each of the above menus by obtaining at least two of the following types of feedback: customer satisfaction; customer surveys; improvements; regular staff meetings that involve menu discussions;
    • satisfaction discussions; seeking staff suggestions for menu items, and;
    • develop above menus and menu plans within commercial time constraints, demonstrating: methods for responding to feedback and adjusting menus; basic principles and practices of nutrition.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the Polytechnic and/or via the Polytechnic e-learning system.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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